610 WIP’s Big Daddy Graham got a standing ovation after his Saturday night set opening for Robert Klein at Sarcasm Comedy Club inside the Cherry Hill Crowne Plaza Hotel. Graham, who began treatment Thursday for throat cancer, asked club owner and WIP colleague Steve Trevelise not to mention his cancer in his intro, but the crowd showed its support for the ailing comedian after he performed. Graham asked Klein to sign one of his old comedy records but went home before Klein's performance to catch up on some rest.
It’s been a trying week for Graham. The comedian, born Edward Gudonis, lost his mother Mary Theresa Gudonis Wednesday to complications from Alzheimer’s disease. She was 89 and lived in Cherry Hill. An obituary appeared in today's Daily News, but we would like to offer condolences to Big Daddy and continued wishes for his speedy recovery.